Technology Descriptions


Adobe Acrobat Reader (free)

  • What is Adobe Acrobat Reader?
    Adobe Reader free software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.
  • Where do I get Adobe Acrobat Reader DC?
    Download Adobe Acrobat



The Brightspace course management software is your home base for anything course based, from posting materials online to a complete virtual learning environment and everything in between. Learn more


BlueJeans is a video conferencing solution that does not require any software to be installed. Using the Google Chrome browser, you will connect to a conference session from a link provided in your course. To test your configuration, go to and talk to Jean the Parrot.


Digital Recording Device

PMHNP students will be required to either purchase an audio recorder capable of outputting WMA or MP3 format or they can use the recorder capabilities in their smartphone provided it can output to WMA or MP3.



  • Where do I get my access code?
    Your access code will be provided to you via email from a Vanderbilt support staff member or from Lippincott directly. There is nothing for you to purchase, you will only need to follow the instruction in the email to register.
  • Who do I contact for support?

    DocuCare Contact Support
    Web site:
    Email Tech Support:
    Phone Support: 1-800-468-1128
    Live help is available: Mon-Thu: 8 am-12 am EST; Fri: 8 am-7 pm EST; Sun: 4 pm-12 am EST



PhD students are required to use Endnote – a citation management package that allows you to import references from multiple databases and automatically formats manuscripts. We will conduct an Endnote training session as part of orientation. Students can purchase EndNote at the VU Software store located at:

Choose the most current version available (versions may differ depending on whether you are a Windows or Mac user).

  • Who do I contact for support?
    Contact the Vanderbilt Software Store for support with purchasing/downloading your software by calling 615-343-3919, or email:



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Gatekeeper makes it safer to download apps outside of the Mac App store by protecting you from inadvertently installing malicious software on your Mac. More Info



Can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. More Info


Microsoft Security Essentials

Provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. More Info


Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office is a suite of applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype for Business, etc. These applications will be used by all specialties. Vanderbilt offers Office 365 to all students for FREE. Please do not purchase Microsoft Office. More Info

Mobile Devices/Smartphones

Some specialty-level students will be required to purchase a smartphone or small wireless device like a smartphone or tablet, depending on their specialty. We support iOS (iPhone and iPad) as well as Android devices (Android phones and tablets). However, smartphone/tablet requirements may vary by specialty. Windows Mobile smartphones DO NOT work with the wireless access points at VUSN. We do not recommend getting a Windows smartphone if you want to use the campus WiFi feature. Chromebooks are also not supported.

Some program directors will send their students a letter over the summer with smartphone hardware and software requirements. If you do not receive such a letter, we suggest that you check with your specialty director for any specific recommendations before making any purchase. Please frequently check our Program Technology Requirements Web page for more information and periodic updates regarding program and specialty requirements.


Remote Proctor Now

Remote Proctor from Software Secure Inc. ( is an online exam proctoring technology that enables online and distance learning students to take proctored exams from the comfort and convenience of their own home or office.

The Remote Proctor uses a web-camera and microphone, as well as software to limit access to electronic information while taking an exam. The student is identified and recorded via video and audio, as well as screen capture, throughout the student's exam, which is simultaneously communicated to SSI’s restricted-access secure servers.

The video, audio, and screen capture are used for the purpose of ensuring academic integrity during the testing process. This technology is used to better comply with evolving accreditation standards. More info >

This may be changing for Fall 2019, please continue to watch updates



Skype allows users to make voice calls and chats over the Internet. This is different from Skype for Business.

Features include:


Skype for Business

This is different than regular Skype. If you are a new student starting in the fall, you do not need to install Microsoft Skype for Business. We will install this program with you during the fall block and provide training.

Hosted Web conferencing. Connect through real-time meetings, training sessions, and events.

Features include:

  • Web client support for remote attendee flexibility
  • Interactive application/desktop sharing and whiteboard tools
  • Active speaker video switching, multi-party video, and multi-party VoIP audio
  • Rich-media presentations, native video conferencing, high-fidelity recording, and Web-cam capabilities
  • Training and event management with event and class registration and virtual breakout rooms
  • Screen showing and sharing More Info

SPSS GradPack

GradPacks are single-user licenses that provide students with affordable access to statistical analysis, modeling and survey research tools to support their undergraduate or graduate course work. PhD Students will need the IBM SPSS Statistics  Standard  GradPack (12 month option). To download visit the Vanderbilt Software store at:


Comprehensive program that can scan and delete spyware and a variety of other types of malware. More Info  

Top Hat

Top Hat is an audience response system used in connection with PowerPoint to allow polling during class.



UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions. More Info

 USB Headphones / Mic

PhD/DNP students and MSN (specialties only) students will be required to purchase an audio headset (e.g., Logitech Clearchat Pro USB) if they are on a Windows machine. Mac users can use the input/output devices built into their computer. If your computer supports it you may use a Bluetooth compatible headphone/mic.


VUnet ID

Your VUnetID is your username that identifies you to most computer-based systems at Vanderbilt. If you are doing your clinical rotation at Vanderbilt Medical Center you will have a second vunetid (VUMC VUNetID) for use in the Medical Center. 


A webcam (a web camera) is required. It can be integrated into a laptop. A USB webcam is recommended for desktops or laptops without a webcam. We recommend Logitech brand webcams.

Windows OS
Windows 10 is available for free to students through site license. Click here to visit the software store. 

YES (Your Enrollment Services)
Vanderbilt's YES program is a new online student service application designed to help incoming admitted students get acquainted with the registration process. More Info